This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner is expected to be announced later this week amid speculations that the prestigious award could go to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, two of the architects of JCPOA, the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Zarif and Mogherini were the most senior negotiators in a lengthy diplomatic process, which saw the signing in 2015 of the landmark deal between Tehran and the P5+1 group of states – the US, Russia, France, the UK plus Germany.
Henrik Urdal, the head of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (Prio), which makes a shortlist each year with mixed results, said the two are strong contenders this year, according to Press TV.
Urdal said Zarif and Mogherini are the best candidates because of the significant role they played in the negotiation process in the lead-up to the deal, which has been praised worldwide as a victory for international teamwork and diplomacy.
International observers believe the Iran deal could serve as a model for all world countries in dealing with different conflicts.
While Trump and his administration are doing their utmost to vilify Iran and the nuclear deal, giving the Nobel Peace Prize to the main architects of the JCPOA will most likely complicate the US aggressive strategy on Iran.